Hurricane Florence Hits Insurers Early as Businesses Shut Down

Hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence from space

Maximum sustained winds dropped slightly Wednesday afternoon to 125 miles per hour with higher gusts, falling back from its Category 4 to a Category 3, but Florence remained on track to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the US coast.

As it stands, Florence is now a Category two hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 177 km/h.

Florence is now a Category 4 storm on the five-point Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale and is forecast to slam into the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday.

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas past year".

The time to prepare is nearly over, he said. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

Those warily watching Florence have compared it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago.

"The Charleston area now is expected to see at least 1-2 inches of rain over the next several days".

"We have not been asked to take evacuees yet and will evaluate our capability at the time of the request", Ralston said.

Emergency preparations in SC now include more than 2,100 of the state's National Guard soldiers.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. "Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades".

They showed us instruments that function nearly like weather balloons, that are dropped into the storm to gather data that satellites can't.

Historic and potentially catastrophic flooding is possible along with life-threating storm surges of up to 12 feet are possible along the coasts. It had been projected to shift north after making landfall.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence", Deal said in a news release.

In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst's photos are zoomed-in views showing a look nearly directly down into Florence's giant eye.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition.

The Charleston International Airport will close Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m. until further notice, reports George Kearns of South Carolina Public Radio.